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Airstrike kills Taliban group leader Qari Syed, his 3 militants in Faryab
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike
killed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group leader Qari Syed and his three murderous Moslems in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the airstrike in Gurziwan district of Faryab.

The statement further added that the airstrike killed Taliban group leader Qari Syed and his three krazed killers.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the airstrike also maimed 2 other krazed killers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Special Forces raids in Ghazni, Uruzgan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces inflicted heavy casualties on Talibs during the operations in Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.

The military officials said Friday that the Special Forces killed 4 Talibs during a raid in Qarabagh district of Ghazni.

The officials further added that the Special Forces conducted another raid in Qarabagh district in which they killed 10 Talibs and destroyed a weapons cache.

Furthermore, the Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan killing 13 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters and wounding 6 others.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Acting Police Chief Killed In Taliban Attack In Ghazni
[ToloNews] Three security force members and 14 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters were killed in two separate festivities in Ghazni.

Samiullah Popal, the acting police chief of Khogyani district in the central province of Ghazni, was killed in aTaliban attack on Thursday night, the provincial police said in a statement on Friday.

Two security force members were killed in the attack which started when a group of Taliban fighters stormedpolice headquarters in the district, the statement said.

The statement said that four Taliban fighters also were killed in fire exchange between security forces and the turban group and five security force members sustained injuries.

In a separate incident, at least 10 Taliban fighters were killed in Afghan Special Forces operation in Qarabagh district of Ghazni on Thursday evening, the statement added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Pro-Govt Forces Describe How Keran Wa Manjan Fell To Taliban
"slowly, then all at once"
[ToloNews] A day after the fall of Keran Wa Manjan district of Badakhshan to the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
, almost 110 members of the public uprising forces who fled to the neighboring Nuristan province said they attempted through many channels but the relevant officials did not pay attention their plight.

The district, which has the biggest deposits of lapis lazuli, fell to the Taliban on July 24.

The soldiers said they walked for 22 hours from Keran Wa Manjan district to Parun, the center of Nuristan, which shares borders with Badakhshan.

The police chief for Keran Wa Manjan district, Abdul Wali Hussaini, said they fought against the Taliban for nine days, but they were forced to leave the district after their ammunition ended.

"We phoned the Defense Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the secretary of Mr. [Chief Executive Abdullah] Abdullah, the Badakhshan police chief, Badakhshan governor and even we phoned Badakhshan MPs, but no one heard our voice," Hussaini said.

He said that at least 60 members of the public uprising and police force members surrendered to the Taliban.

"The clash in our village continued for nine days. Then we understood the reinforcement and ammunition will not arrive and then we left the district," said Zafaruddin, a member of public uprising forces in Keran Wa Manjan.

"People left the district as they did not have other option," said Mohammad, member of public uprising forces in Keran Wa Manjan.

The lapis lazuli deposit in Keran Wa Manjan district in Badakhshan fell to the Taliban on July 17.

At least 20 security force members were deployed to protect the deposit. Many mineral deposits are located in disputed areas between the security forces and the Taliban in different parts of the country. Reports indicate that the Taliban receive a big amount of income from illegal mining.

"Some members of local police and public uprising forces unit have come to Nuristan," the Nuristan Police Chief Saber Aryan said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Suicide blast on Mogadishu mayor’s office meant for UN envoy, says al-Shabab group
[DAILYTIMES.PK] A rare female suicide bomber used in the deadly al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
attack in the office of Mogadishu’s mayor was aiming for the American who is the new UN envoy to Somalia and had left the office just minutes earlier, the hard boy group and officials said.

The corpse count in Wednesday’s attack rose to seven and the seriously maimed Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman was in a coma Thursday. He and other officials were expected to be airlifted to Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
for treatment, said Mohammed Ahmed, a government official at the Mogadishu hospital treating the mayor.
The new UN envoy, James Swan, was the bomber’s intended target, Abdiaziz Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military front man, told local media.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein, a police brass hat, said the female bomber walked into a security meeting and blew herself up a few yards away from the mayor. It was just the fourth time the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab had been known to use a exploding trollop female suicide bomber.

Swan had paid the Somali capital’s mayor a brief visit and left the compound less than an hour before the bombing, an official at the mayor’s office told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.
In a statement, Swan condemned "this heinous attack, which not only demonstrates a violent disregard for the sanctity of human life, but also targets Somalis working to improve the lives of their fellow Somalis." The US ambassador to Somalia, Donald Yamamoto, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres
...Portuguese politician and diplomat, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. He was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He served as President of the Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In both a 2012 and 2014 poll, the Portuguese public ranked him as the best Prime Minister of the previous 30 years...
also condemned the attack.

UN deputy front man Farhan Haq said that "any threats against any UN personnel anywhere in the world are a matter of grave concern for the secretary-general" and the UN reviews its security after such attacks.

"We want to make sure that all of our personnel everywhere are protected and able to go about their work free of any hindrance and free of any threats," Haq said, adding that Guterres will be writing to Swan and the UN staff in Somalia to express "solidarity with their work and our concern for their safety."

It was not clear how the bomber managed to enter the mayor’s office, as visitors are required to pass through at least four metal detectors. Some security officials said the attacker might have bribed corrupt officials.
Ya think?
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
62 bodies recovered off coast of #Libya after sinking of migrant boat
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

1,000 Sudanese militiamen arrive in Libya to support warlord Haftar
[Libya Observer] The first batch of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia has arrived in the oil crescent region in central Libya to protect oil installations in order to allow forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
to concentrate all their power on the Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
attack, Sudan’s Radio Dabanga reported Thursday.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a source estimated the number of troops to be about 1,000 out of the 4,000 troops expected to arrive in Libya in the next few months.

The RSF militia is made attractive by offering relatively high levels of pay.

Earlier, Al Jazeera unveiled documents that prove Sudan used its airspace to transport hundreds of mercenaries, recruited by Mohammed Hamdan Delgo (Hemitti) - deputy head of military council in Sudan -, from the Arab tribes in Darfur as well as neighbouring African countries to Libya, Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
and Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Kills Two in Nigerian Displaced Camp
[AnNahar] Two people were killed and several wounded when Boko Haram fighters raided a camp for people displaced by the jihadist conflict in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said Friday.

Dozens of Islamist militants on motorcycles and two motorised rickshaws stormed into Dalori camp on Thursday, shooting people and looting food supplies after overrunning a nearby military base.

"We have recovered two dead bodies from the attack which also left several IDPs (internally displaced persons) with injuries," said Bello Danbatta, head of security in the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

"The insurgents looted and burnt shops in the camp and also carted food supplies from the main store where food aid is stored," he said.

Dalori, about 15 kilometres (nine miles) from regional capital Maiduguri, houses about 50,000 people in makeshift dwellings.

The jihadists attacked the camp after pushing out soldiers at a nearby military base in a shootout, several displaced people said.

"They (Boko Haram) chased the soldiers away and burnt the base before forcing their way into the camp, shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Great)," said camp resident Aisa Kyarimi.

"They started shooting and we all fled the camp," said the mother of three.

Hassan Modu, a civilian militia member guarding the camp, said he ran into the attackers as he tried to flee.

"They were no doubt after looting food," he said.

Dalori camp and the neighbouring village have been repeatedly targeted in Boko Haram attacks by heavily armed fighters and female suicide bombers.

In January 2016, at least 85 people were killed when militant fighters stormed and torched Dalori village and tried to gain access to the camps.

Despite the government's insistence that Boko Haram jihadists are near defeat, attacks on civilians and troops persist almost a decade after the insurgency started.

The conflict has claimed more than 27,000 lives since 2009 and left some two million people displaced.

The jihadists have splintered and a faction affiliated to the Islamic State group is waging its own campaign of violence mainly targeting the military.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 00:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  There was a report that Leah Sharibu died.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/27/2019 4:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Why two? Sounds like a targeted hit. And where was security. If such a thing exists.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/27/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Why two?

Two dead bodies recovered thus far, several wounded, and many ran away in panic. Sounds to me in my ignorance like the usual gun s3x in the process of shearing the sheep rather than anything more focussed, Whiskey Mike.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 19:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Thanks TW. I hate stuff like this. My gut, my heart says “help them”. My body snickers, and says “Right, you wouldn’t survive the flight”. And the body is right. It really sucks.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/27/2019 20:25 Comments || Top||

#5  *hug* We’ll sit at the sidelines drinking tea and eating cookies, doing our best to enable and support the current generation, my dear, as others did for you and your cohort. There is no shame in passing the torch.

But honestly, there are so many different fights going on at the same time in Nigeria — two versions of Boko Haram jihadis, that Shiite bunch supported by Iran, the Fulani herdsmen with their jihad against the farmers, the locals who like to kidnap foreigners to get a bigger share of the oil wealth, and aof course the soldiers abusing the local civilians when they aren’t kept under proper discipline — that I have been forced to conclude the only way to really help the innocents is to reimpose a strong colonial authority, which simply isn’t going to happen. Possibly things will get somewhat better after oil prices have been low for a while, squeezing some of the wealth, and therefore the motivation toward mayhem, out of the various equations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 21:16 Comments || Top||

Italy's Salvini blocks own coastguard ship with migrants on board
[Saudi Gazette] Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would not let an Italian coastguard boat carrying 135 migrants colonists dock until Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union countries agreed to take them in.

The Gregoretti coastguard vessel rescued the migrants colonists on Thursday from two boats off Malta, but was awaiting orders on where it could take them.

"I will not give any permission for them to disembark until Europe commits to accept all the immigrants colonists on board," Salvini, who is head of the far-right League party, said in a statement.

Rome has asked Brussels to coordinate migrant redistribution between member states, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that the EU executive would act to this effect.

Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister, has staked much of his political credibility on a drive to halt migrant flows and has drawn protests by closing Italia's ports to charity rescue ships.
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Devious bastards. Somebody bought off the Gregoretti crew. Why the rescue ? Why not drop 'em off at Malta itself ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/27/2019 5:47 Comments || Top||

#2  What happened to Africa? Drop them off there, or within swimming distance.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/27/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe nations of the world can contribute to setting up floating barges, or unused drilling platforms and structures amid sea, artificial islands etc. Like that stupid Sealand place ? Somewhere to drop off these miserable 'citizens of no country' until their admission is decided. The UN sponsored NGOs and Soros and his blue bleeding heart friends can feed them all they want there.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/27/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Why not use those fabulous machine guns that their coast guard boats come with while they are still in the water instead?
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 07/27/2019 8:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Return them to Malta which was the nearest harbour
Charge the captain with endangering people at sea.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/27/2019 12:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Funny how you or I would be in big trouble without a passport, but no worries for these jamokes...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/27/2019 14:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Really is amazing, tens of thousands streaming across our southern border. Contrast that with returning to the United States from overseas and the long lines at US Customs in the Atlanta Airport International Terminal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/27/2019 14:50 Comments || Top||

#8  What pushes these beasts of no nation
To sashay all over creation?
Some blame public health
Or the building of wealth
Or Big Oil for this dark inundation.
"Lights, seeds, magic soil?
General easing of toil?"
"And the seizure of leisure
To head for the seashore!"
"Meds, mobiles, and mass transportation?"

Shriek sellers of worldly salvation,
"Bosh! Racism! Hate! Exploitation!"
Posted by: Sheba Trotsky1652 || 07/27/2019 17:04 Comments || Top||

#9  head flee
Posted by: Sheba Trotsky1652 || 07/27/2019 17:07 Comments || Top||

#10  And maybe "saints" for "beasts". But where to stop if I once start editing? Sheesh.
Posted by: Sheba Trotsky1652 || 07/27/2019 17:10 Comments || Top||

#11  But where to stop if I once start editing? Sheesh.

Sometimes ya just gotta light the fuse and let it go. No regrets.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/27/2019 18:02 Comments || Top||

#12  beasts of no nation

I looked up Fela Kuti. What a vile human being, and so typical of the time. Definitely not a saint, Zenobia F.

Incidentally, Malta doesn’t want them either, and probably refused permission to dock and disembark this particular lot of passengers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 20:01 Comments || Top||

Indian police forces seize Afghan heroin worth 13.2 billion Indian Rupees
[KhaamaPress] The Indian police forces have seized Afghan heroin worth around 13.2 billion Indian Rupees,
...if I got the number of zeros right in the currency calculator, that’s US$191,689,282.06, a substantial amount in any reasonable currency...
it has been reported.

The Delhi Police Special Cell has recovered over 330 kilograms of heroin during the ongoing operations which has a street value of around 13.2 billion Indian Rupees.

The police forces seized 130 kilograms of the seized heroin on Friday only after conducting a raid in Navi Mumbai.

The smugglers used the sea route between Islam Qala of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
and Via to smuggle the heroin.

A police official has told India’s ANI News that the consignment originated from Islam Qala in Herat province of Afghanistan and came via sea to Mumbai via Bandar Abbas of Iran.

The official further added that the police forces have arrested two individuals in connection to the smuggling of heroin, including an Afghan national.

Furthermore, the official said it was a rare seizure of landlocked Afghanistan’s heroin taking the sea route to India ever.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Fantastic news. Except the heroin (or anything worth selling) lying in an Indian police warehouse has a half-life. I would guess something like...

Where Q is the final quantity left for inspection by court,Yc is the annual (undisclosed) income of all the cops manning the warehouse, and T is time taken for the case to finally come up in a court.

Rats eat drugs, eat seized currency, run off with guns too. Indian rats are omnivores of evidence. At least half of it finds its way to dealers who buy it off the cops cheap and are registered as police informants in the drug trade.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/27/2019 5:39 Comments || Top||

#2  registered as police informants

Ah yes, that would be Mahmoud the Weasel and the large family he supports in braces and piano lessons through his confidential information to the trade, though we here at Rantburg know him mostly through his interactions with the RAB. See here and here among many, many examples over the years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/27/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||

Driver injured as Nato container comes under gun attack in Khyber
[DAWN] A driver sustained bullet injuries when unidentified button men opened fire on a container truck carrying supplies to NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
troops in Afghanistan in Khyber tribal district on Friday, police said.

The incident took place at the main Pakistain-Afghanistan border
...also known as Pashtunistan, home of ignorance, poverty, and automatic weapons...
road near Takhta Baig check-post, Khyber District Police Officer Hussain Khan told DawnNewsTV.

He said that the attackers targeted the vehicle from the front and fled before police reached the site.

The injured driver, whose identity could not be ascertained immediately, was shifted to a nearby health facility where doctors said he was out of danger.

"Police have started an investigation and a search operation has been launched in Takhta Baig area to arrest the attackers," the DPO said.

Khan said it was premature to comment about the motive behind the attack, saying that police were trying to assess whether the target was NATO supplies or the incident was a result of a personal rivalry.

"This is the main route connecting Pakistain and Afghanistan and NATO and transit trade containers use this road," he observed, adding that police will arrest the attackers soon.
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

Alleged terrorist arrested from Rawalpindi
[DAILYTIMES.PK] The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Thursday claimed to have arrested a terrorist belonging to the proscribed organization in Rawalpindi. CTD officials relayed the arrest was made on a tip-off in Rawalpindi’s area of Mankial. Arms and kaboom were also recovered from his possession. "The arrested terrorist identified as Mujahid Iqbal was planning to carry out terror activity in Rawalpindi", the CTD officials said. He was moved to an unknown place by the CTD officials for the interrogation. Earlier on June 25, the CTD claimed to have rounded up three alleged terrorists, having links with the proscribed organization from Gujranwala. As per details, the arrested bandidos murderous Moslems are affiliated with a banned outfit and weapons and explosives were also recovered from their custody. "Donation receipts, detonators, and other stuff were also confiscated from the arrested three alleged terrorists", the CTD official said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Erbil attack planners ‘neutralized’ in Turkish strikes: state media
[RUDAW.NET] Ottoman Turkish state media reported on Thursday that the Ottoman Turkish army and intelligence agencies have "neutralized" the alleged planners of the July 17 Erbil shooting, in which a Ottoman Turkish diplomat and two Kurdish civilians died.

According to state media outlets, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
launched two separate operations in Duhok province targeting the suspects. The outlets did not identify the alleged planners.

The first operation was reportedly conducted in Duhok city on July 18, one day after the Erbil attack took place, while the second took place six days later on Wednesday in the Batifa area of Zakho, TRT reported Thursday.

The pro-government Daily Sabah said two people were "neutralized" in these operations, claiming they were senior members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Turkey and pro-government media use the term "neutralized" to denote captured, maimed, or killed.

The Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) carried out the twin operations based on information from "local intelligence sources", TRT said, without providing details.

The outlet also published photos of two destroyed vehicles ‐ a Toyota Hilux and a Jeep ‐ which allegedly belonged to the planners.

On Wednesday, senior PKK commander Bahoz Erdal denied the gang was involved in the "amateur" Erbil attack, but praised the perpetrators for killing a "blood sucker".

Erdal claimed that Osman Kose, the Ottoman Turkish diplomat killed in the attack, was a top official in Turkey’s military intelligence agency MIT running operations against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region.

"We did some investigations and concluded that first of all the killed person is not a diplomat but the head of MIT in charge of activities against us in all southern Kurdistan [Iraqi Kurdistan Region]," Erdal told the PKK-affiliated Sterk TV.

The July 17 shooting took place at a Ottoman Turkish restaurant in the upmarket Empire complex in Erbil. Kose and two Kurdish civilians died when three button men opened fire with pistols fitted with suppressors.
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

ISIS shelling villages south of Kirkuk
[RUDAW.NET] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) remnants fired at least five mortar shells at the village of Topzawa in Daquq, an area south of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
on Thursday night, and attempted an armed ground assault, according to local sources.

This is the latest in a series of mortar attacks on villages in the Daquq area in recent days, indicating an uptick in bad boy activity in the disputed territory.

Although ISIS has not grabbed credit for any of the recent attacks, locals believes remnants of the group operating in the disputed territories are responsible.

"Late on Thursday night, ISIS shelled Topzawa village with at least five mortars," Rajab Kakei, head of the Daquq-based Mitra Organization for the Development of Yarsani Culture, told Rudaw English on Friday.

"The mortars didn’t hit any houses or properties inside the village, but around four ISIS individuals started to shoot at the houses, which was believed to be a ground attack by ISIS bad boys."

"Fortunately local Kakais responded to the attackers and the individuals left the village," Kakei said.

The Kakais are a distinct ethnic group in the disputed province of Kirkuk.

The shooting lasted for around 20 minutes. There are no reports of casualties and it is unclear why the holy warriors chose to target the village. Kakei claims federal cop shoppeed in the area failed to respond.

Shiekh Lewis Sindi, the mayor of Daquq, confirmed the Iraqi federal police have two brigades in Daquq to provide security for the town.

"Iraqi federal police have bases near every Kakei village in Daquq," Sindi told Rudaw English on Friday.

"We believe the mortars are originated from the Wadi al-Shay area southwest of Daquq town, since the area is full of ISIS bad boys," he added, without providing details.

Federal police were accused on Wednesday of killing nine members of the same family in the Daquq area after mistaking them for ISIS fighters, after holy warriors shelled another village in the area.
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

IDF reportedly kills Gazan during weekly border riot
[IsraelTimes] Hamas-run health ministry says 23-year-old Ahmed al-Qarra dies after being shot in stomach as 4,500 take part in weekly protest.

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian demonstrator on the Gaza border, the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said overnight Friday-Saturday.

The ministry said a bullet struck 23-year-old Ahmed al-Qarra in the stomach Friday and he later died at the hospital.

Around 4,500 Palestinians rioted along the fence on Friday. Some of the demonstrators threw explosive devices, firebombs and stones at Israel Defense Forces vehicles, causing damage to one of the them, the Kan broadcaster reported.

Some 56 demonstrators were injured in the protests, including 38 from live fire, according to Walla news.

The weekly protests call for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Israel maintains that the blockade is necessary to prevent arms from entering Gaza that could be used in attacks against it.
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American idiot held in Syria freed after two months
[IsraelTimes] 30-year-old Sam Goodwin had been trying to visit every country in the world when he went missing in war-torn country.

A 30-year-old American held captive in Syria for two months was attempting to visit every country in the world, US media reported Friday, after he had been freed.

Sam Goodwin was released by Syrian officials following the mediation of Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon’s internal security, Goodwin’s family told The New York Times and The Washington Post.

His disappearance had not been previously reported and the exact date of his release remained unclear.

“We are grateful to be reunited with our son Sam,” Goodwin’s parents, Thomas and Ann Goodwin, said in a statement. “Sam is healthy and with his family.”

“We are forever indebted to Lebanese General Abbas Ibrahim and to all others who helped secure the release of our son,” they said. “We will have more to say at a later date. Right now, we appreciate our privacy as we reconnect with Sam.”

According to the Post, Goodwin was last seen on May 25 in the city of Qamishli
...the city in Hasaka province is divided between the Kurds and Assad’s government, so possibly thr idiot was not captured by jihadis of any sort...
in northeast Syria after crossing from Turkey as part of his bid to visit every country in the world.

Several other Americans have gone missing in Syria including Austin Tice, a freelance journalist who vanished in 2012.
Heavy.com has more about the travel-loving American expat, including photos, and the Washington Post suggests most Americans held hostage in Syria are held in Assad’s prisons
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#1  Next stop: North Korea
Posted by: Airandee || 07/27/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  “We are grateful to be reunited with our idiot son Sam... We will have more to say at a later date. Right now, we appreciate our privacy as we... uhh, reconnect with Sam.”

Mr. Thomas Goodwin made this final statement with a thousand yard stare, then picked up a 2X4 plank as he headed back inside his home. Sounds of the joyous reunion were so loud, they were almost undifferentiable from wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/27/2019 8:02 Comments || Top||

U.N. says air strikes by Syria, allies killed more than 100 civilians
[DAILYTIMES.PK] Air strikes by the Syrian government and its allies on schools, hospitals, markets and bakeries have killed at least 103 civilians in the past 10 days, including 26 children, U.N. human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Friday.

"These are civilian objects, and it seems highly unlikely, given the persistent pattern of such attacks, that they are all being hit by accident," Bachelet said, adding that the rising toll had been met with "apparent international indifference".
Posted by: Fred || 07/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Yet another example of warmongering neocons engaged in endless war with no regard for the lives of innocents.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/27/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Bee Herb or Not Herb?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/27/2019 12:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Hate it when civilians get bombed to smithereens in wars but you know it's worth it when they're Mohammad worshipping zombies.
Posted by: jpal || 07/27/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||

#4  I like to use the phrase "potential terrorist"
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 07/27/2019 14:44 Comments || Top||

Iran Guards report clashes, deaths near western border
[Saudi Gazette] Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they lost one soldier and killed a number of "anti-revolutionaries" in festivities on Friday near the western border with Iraq.

A Guards border patrol "encountered and fought with an anti-revolutionary group in Sarvabad," in Kurdistan province, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The report said an unspecified number of the "anti-revolutionaries were killed and maimed and a considerable amount of their weapons and ammunition was destroyed".

One of the Guards was "maimed and died en route to hospital", the agency added.

It did not say whether or not the combatants were from Kurdish opposition or krazed killer groups, both of which have previously entered Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
from neighboring Iraq.

For much of the past 40 years, Iran has been battling krazed killer Kurdish opposition groups who use bases in Iraq's Kurdistan to stage attacks against the Guards and state institutions inside the Islamic republic.

Earlier this month the Guards launched deadly strikes against krazed killer Kurdish opposition groups across the border.

Using rockets, drones and artillery, the attack followed festivities inside Iran on previous days which left dead eight combatants, including three Guards.

A Guards statement issued on July 12 said the targeted groups had tried to use "villagers as human shields".

Rocket fire on farmland killed a civilian woman and two members of her family, Ehsan Shalabi, mayor of Sideka, north of Iraq's Arbil,said at the time.
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